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Archives for 2006

Queen Elizabeth II’s 2006 Christmas Broadcast

The Queen has delivered her annual Christmas message to the Commonwealth.

  • Listen to the Queen’s broadcast (7m)
  • Watch the Queen (7m)

This is the text of the Queen’s Christmas Broadcast.

I have lived long enough to know that things never remain quite the same for very long. One of the things that has not changed all that much for me is the celebration of Christmas. It remains a time when I try to put aside the anxieties of the moment and remember that Christ was born to bring peace and tolerance to a troubled world. [Read more…]


Kevin Rudd Elected Leader Of The ALP; Gillard New Deputy

Kevin Rudd became leader of the ALP on December 4, 2006.

Rudd defeated Kim Beazley by 49 votes to 39 in a Caucus ballot.

Julia Gillard was elected deputy leader unopposed, replacing Jenny Macklin.

The new Opposition Leader was the first Queenslander to lead the ALP since Bill Hayden (1977-83).

  • Watch the Rudd-Gillard press conference (21m)
  • Listen to Rudd-Gillard (21m)

Transcript of Kevin Rudd’s opening remarks at his first press conference as ALP leader.

So now the new and the real work begins.

Today the Australian Labor party elected a new leadership team with a new leadership style for Australia’s future. A new style of leadership.

Kim Beazley’s just spoken to you. Kim is a good man. I’ve known him for a long, long time. He spoke very well today. He is a man who has given to this party and this movement and this country a hang of a lot over the last quarter of a century or more. [Read more…]


Kim Beazley Loses ALP Leadership Contest To Kevin Rudd

This is the audio of Kim Beazley’s press conference, following his defeat by Kevin Rudd in a caucus ballot for the ALP leadership.

Beazley first became leader of the ALP in 1996, following the defeat of the Keating government. He narrowly failed to win the 1998 election and was again defeated by John Howard in 2001, after which he relinquished the leadership to Simon Crean.

Beazley returned to the leadership in January 2005, following the resignation of Mark Latham.

  • Listen to Beazley (9m)

Liberal Party TV Advertisements – 2006 Victorian State Election

The Victorian state election was held on November 25, 2006.

The Bracks Labor government was comfortably re-elected, securing the second-largest majority in the history of the Victorian parliament. The ALP won 55 of the 88 seats in the Legislative Assembly, a loss of 7. The Liberal Party and Nationals coalition won 32, an increase of 8, including one from an independent.

Ted Baillieu led the Liberal Party, having replaced Robert Doyle on May 8, 2006.

This page contains 16 Liberal Party television commercials from the election. [Read more…]


Kim Beazley’s Leadership Questioned After Rove McManus Slip

Opposition Leader Kim Beazley’s leadership has been called into question, following an embarrassing slip of the tongue when Beazley confused entertainer Rove McManus with US political operative Karl Rove.

Beazley was commenting on McManus following the death of the television entertainer’s wife, Belinda Emmett. [Read more…]


Business Council Calls For New Commonwealth-States Contract

The Business Council of Australia has released a report proposing reforms to the Australian federal system.

The BCA says in the report: “In the past, the debate has been mainly framed around political and constitutional reasons for change. The extent of the problems and dysfunctions of the current system of federal–state relations – marked by a lack of consensus on national goals and consistent forward planning – is such that it has become a major barrier to future prosperity. The challenge of reforming federalism has now become an economic imperative. Currently, Australia has a system where the lines of responsibilities between the Commonwealth and the states have become chronically blurred and confused. We have a system in which, because of a growing lack of transparency and accountability, the quantity of government has taken precedence over quality.

“As the world becomes more complex and increasingly requires decision making that anticipates rather than reacts to 21st-century challenges, Australia needs a system of government that can manage issues critical to the future of the nation through collaboration and cooperation. It is time for a new contract between the Commonwealth and the States.”

The Business Council of Australia represents the Chief Executives of 100 of Australia’s largest companies.


BCA Booklet: Reshaping Australia’s Federation

The Business Council of Australia has issued a study of Australia’s Federation and proposed a 12-point plan of action.

The BCA represents the Chief Executives of 100 of Australia’s “leading”, or largest, companies. [Read more…]


Kevin Foley Delivers 2006 South Australian Budget

The South Australian Labor Treasurer, Kevin Foley, has delivered the 2006 Budget. [Read more…]


Don Chipp, Founder Of Australian Democrats, Dies At 81

The former Liberal minister and founder of the Australian Democrats, Don Chipp, has died in Melbourne, aged 81.

Don Chipp, Australian Democrats founderChipp was born on August 21, 1925. He was elected as the Liberal Party member for the House of Representatives division of Higinbotham at a by-election on December 10, 1960. The division was renamed Hotham in 1969. Chipp held the seat until the 1977 elections.

Chipp was appointed Minister for the Navy by Prime Minister Harold Holt on December 14, 1966, a position he held until dropped by Prime Minister John Gorton on February 28, 1968. Gorton brought Chipp back to his government as Minister for Customs and Excise on November 12, 1969. Chipp held this portfolio until December 5, 1972, following the defeat of the William McMahon coalition government. [Read more…]


Beattie Calls Queensland Election For September 9

Queensland Premier Peter Beattie has called an election for September 9.

The announcement was made at a press conference in Brisbane at 11am today. The election is being held six months early and follows the premature ill-health retirement by the member for Townsville, Nita Cunningham. [Read more…]